Trucker charged with abducting woman whose pickup broke down in Liberty County


by Tiffany Craig / KHOU 11 News

Posted on July 11, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 11 at 6:17 PM

LIBERTY, Texas—A truck driver has been charged in the abduction of a woman whose vehicle had broken down on the side of the road.

It happened around 1 a.m. Saturday on U.S. 59.

Capt. Rex Evans of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office said the woman was returning home from a Walmart run with her kids when their truck broke down on the side of the highway.

The family decided that the woman would walk back to their subdivision while the husband stayed with the two small kids and tried to fix the truck.

But soon after the woman started walking, an 18-wheeler pulled up beside her.

"There were evidently some harsh words between the two, so we are trying to decide if at that point, if it was force or threat, or how did he actually make her get into that truck," Evans said.

The man behind the wheel was, Joseph Reeves, a registered sex offender from Gulfport, Miss.

"We believe the actual assault against her body did not occur until she was in the cab of the truck," Evans said.

Meanwhile, her husband was still on the side of the road. Investigators said he could see what was happening and managed to fix his truck in a hurry and chase the 18-wheeler down.

The husband chased the big rig for 30 miles – all the way to Humble, where both vehicles were pulled over.

"They were navigating toward each other, across lanes of traffic on 59, and obviously presented a great danger to everyone," Evans said.

Reeves was charged with kidnapping and was being held on $20,000 bond in the Liberty County Jail.

The woman suffered bruises in the attack.